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Fifth grade students at Altamont Grade School wore blue in recognition of World Diabetes Day on Friday, Nov. 14.

The Altamont High School Marching Band’s senior class of 2014 finished their careers at the Vandalia Halloween Parade on Thursday, Oct. 30. From left, Sara Flores, Andrea Wendling, Nicholas Tkachuk. Elizabeth Homann, Libby Heiser and Kaitlyn Knierem. Not shown was Kacie Phillips.

Brownstown High School Homecoming court candidates include, freshman candidate Brooke Mayfield, sophomore candidate Elissa Barron,  junior candidate Paitin Miller, senior candidate Shayla Stokes, senior candiate, Katie Kroll, senior candidate Tabitha Dolan. sophomore candidate Simon Korte, junior candidate Jacobo Maria Trabada Sanchez De Toca, senior candidate Drake Hall, senior candidate Curt Frailey, senior candidate Justin Sefton. 

A holiday open house was held in Brownstown on Saturday, Nov. 22. The goal of the event, began by Tammy Barker last year, was to provide a local place for people to shop for a variety of Christmas gifts. A sample of the people who participated include, front row, from left: Cheri Logsdon, Shelly Day, and Adrienne Kinney; back row, from left: Tammy Barker, Hope Campbell, Jennifer Barker, and Nicolette Rikli.

Project Achievement winners at the Fayette County 4-H Achievement Program were, from left: Christian DuPlayee, Nate Miller, Jacob Doedtman, Kieara Hayes, Kelly Hayes, Kiralyn Hayes, Natalie Hoopingarner, and Cassi Payne.


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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 15:25
There will be no Altamont Opry show until Dec. 2.
Shepardʼs death ruled accidental Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 November 2014 12:39

Effingham County Coroner Duane Guffey is releasing further information on the recent death of Amelia Dawn Shepard. The child, 11 months old, was found unresponsive at a babysitter's residence in rural Altamont.
911 was called. Emergency medical professionals responded and transported Shepard to St. Anthonyʼs Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 3:45pm on Sept. 16.
After all final reports were received and investigations completed, it was determined that she had passed away due to asphyxiation and the manner of her death was ruled accidental.
Shepard's death was investigated by the Southern Illinois Child Death Task Force, consisting of Illinois State Police, Effingham County Sheriff's Department, DCFS and the Effingham Coroner's Office. Also assisting was the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services.

Veterans honored Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 November 2014 12:28

Area veterans were honored by the Carriage House Event Center and Debʼs Catering on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. The lunchtime event was free for local veterans and open to all. The program included a meal, patriotic music performed by Altamont elementary and high school choirs, a presentation on the honor flight program by Judy Milleville, and a keynote address by World War II veteran Eldon Ooten. Ooten addressed his time in the 84th Infantry Division and his role in liberating Nazi concentration camp. The 91-year-old even wore his military uniform.

4-H members and leaders honored at local awards program on Nov. 8 Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 November 2014 12:37

Over 60 members of the 4-H community attended the Fayette County 4-H Achievement Program on Saturday, Nov. 8 to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth and leaders for the 2013-14 4-H Year.
The Friend of 4-H Award recognizes a person or organization whose leadership, actions, and support have contributed to the improvement and promotion of the Fayette County 4-H Youth Development Program.
This year’s recipient was Buck Stop Archery for their contributions to the Fayette County 4-H Shooting Sports Club.

One year later Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 November 2014 12:25

Leaning against a wheel of Russell and Patricia Booherʼs camping trailer, rests a heart- shaped landscaping stone that reads:
"We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."
One year after a tornado destroyed their home and upended their lives, it is great perspective to have.
The Boohers, as well as their former neighbor Ina Abendroth, were victims of the tornado that touched down in rural St. Elmo this time last year. All three have spent the past year dealing with the aftermath. The Boohers are building a new home on the same ground, while Abendroth is living just outside of Brownstown.

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